Teeth whitening

Tooth whitening

If you're looking for teeth whitening in Ghana, then the Platinum Orthodontic & Dental Care Services clinic can offer the very best tooth whitening treatments in Ghana available.

Teeth whitening in Ghana

Teeth whitening is otherwise known as dental bleaching.

In everyday interaction, your smile is noticed and this makes it your most important asset.

Flossing and brushing and your teeth regularly are good practices to help keep your teeth clean and healthy.

However, having whiter teeth makes us look younger, healthier and restores our self esteem.

The treatment is performed by qualified personnel who can discuss the most appropriate whitening treatment for each individual and should only be prescribed by a professional dentist.

We can give two options to whiten your smile:

In surgery whitening:

In an hour we can get your tooth color shade 6 shades whiter with a combination of LASER light and photosensitive gel. The light activates the gel material that is applied on your teeth. After which we give you a desensitizing agent to avoid sensitivity which may occur and a “touch-up” kit for use at home few weeks later to maintain your smile at its whitest. Products used at Smile 360 : Zoom, laserwhite.

Take home kit:

You are totally in control of you treatment in this system. We provide bleaching trays (custom-made) which reservoirs for placement of small amounts of whitening gel. This is worn overnight which then lightens your teeth over a period of one to two weeks.

These procedures are usually painless but some individuals experience mild sensitivity to hot or cold things, gum irritation which resolves shortly.

Some frequently asked questions

Do I need tooth whitening?

The surfaces of your teeth gradually stain over the years through the consumption of foods which may contain certain natural or artificial dyes, smoking, poor tooth brushing technique and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine, fizzy drinks etc. In some cases the porosity of the enamel is quite high making the teeth more likely to absorb stains. If you are unfortunate enough to have suffered from enamel erosion or wear your teeth will take on a darker appearance. In any case we all require a degree of stain removal and tooth whitening to improve the overall radiance of our smiles.

Existing discoloured fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers and dentures will not lighten with this procedure. Tooth whitening is not recommended if you are
pregnant, breast feeding or allergic to any components in the
whitening material.

What does tooth whitening involve?

During the consultation process you will be given advice on the best approach to achieving your goals. There are two different methods available which can be used individually or in combination with one another. Home whitening involves the use of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide gel which is applied to the teeth through custom-made trays (like gum shields). The trays should be worn for 2-5 hours per day over a period of 2-3 weeks for
effective whitening.

Laser power whitening or in-surgery whitening utilises a more potent gel applied directly to the surface of the teeth which is activated by a special (laser) light. The procedure is repeated up to three times to obtain maximum tooth lightening. This method can give a dramatic colour improvement at the first visit although a follow up visit may be required for stubborn stains. The laser power whitening appointment takes about one hour.
How long do my teeth stay white?

The lightened effect can last two to three years depending on whether you smoke and how often you ingest products that stain your teeth such as tea, coffee, etc. The key is avoidance of staining foods and drinks.

Are there any side effects?

Occasionally during or after the treatment there might be some tooth sensitivity. If the gel spills onto the gums little white spots might be seen but these disappear within a few hours. At the consultation appointment it is important for you to mention if you have ever suffered from sensitive teeth so that the appropriate steps can be taken to avoid any
further sensitivity.

Does tooth whitening always work?

Heavy staining from tetracycline, fluorosis and discoloured teeth due to weakened enamel (hypoplasia) are very difficult to lighten. Dead teeth (where the nerves have been removed) discolour internally and will not lighten with surface whitening. However if these dead teeth have been root filled by your dentist they can be whitened.